Programs Succeed When Learners Lead

Programs Succeed When Learners Lead – COABE knows that Student Leadership is critical to learner, program, and community success.  This is why we work to support you, Adult Learners and program staff, in becoming leaders and building leadership opportunities in your own programs.  

We are excited to introduce our first-ever Programs Succeed When Learners Lead Incentive Grant! The inaugural $2500 grant is split into $1500 to support a Student Leadership project at one adult education program and $1000 to facilitate travel to and registration for COABE 2023, where the grant recipient will present on the process for creating and the results of their Student Leadership initiative.

We encourage all types of programs to apply – workforce, corrections, ESOL, etc.  Adult Education is everywhere – and so are Student Leaders! The deadline to apply has passed, award winners will be announced soon.

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This initiative was launched at the Programs Succeed when Learners Lead Panel during the 2022 National Adult Education & Family Literacy Week.  Watch the panel recording to hear Adult Learners, alumni, and program staff discuss their own experiences with Student Leadership.

We are also excited to bring you the first-ever COABE blog, focused on posts and stories about Student Leadership from YOU! Please check back later for a link to submit your story.

Find out more and get involved! 

Why student leadership?

COABE provides several ways to build student leadership and support Students as Leaders!

  • The Ambassador Program trains Adult Learners to be advocates and programs to support them! Register for the online training and find more information
  • COABE also sponsors opportunities for Adult Learners and programs to advocate on the national, state, and local level. Join the effort today!
  • Look through the archive of webinars and resources for ones focusing on Student Leadership and keep an eye out for future Student Leadership webinars! 

Have experience in Student Leadership you’d like to share? 

  • Start thinking about submitting an article for the 2023 Journal Topic on Student Leadership! We want to hear from Adult Learners, Instructors, Volunteers, Administrators, Employers, Researchers – what does student leadership look like? How have you been a leader or created opportunities for leadership? What impact does student leadership have on you, your program, and your community? 

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